Oregon State Falls To UCLA, 69-61
March 3, 2005
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Freshman Arron Afflalo snapped a tie on a 3-pointer with1:42 remaining and UCLA defeated Oregon State 69-61 Thursday night to shore upits bid for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.
The Bruins (17-9) also helped their seeding in next week's Pac-10 tournamentat Staples Center. Their third straight win moved them into a third-place tiewith Stanford at 10-7. The Cardinal lost to Washington State 59-48 Thursdaynight.
The Beavers (16-12, 8-9) will make the eight-team conference tournament, butthe loss didn't help their NCAA tourney chances.
Freshman Jordan Farmar led UCLA with 23 points and assisted on Afflalo's3-pointer that put the Bruins ahead for good. Dijon Thompson added 18 pointsand Afflalo had 12 points and nine rebounds.
The teams played a tight second half, with neither leading by more than fivepoints.
Lucas tied the game at 59 on two free throws, then Lamar Hurd scored insideto put the Beavers ahead 61-59. Hurd fouled Farmar, who made both for the finaltie of the game at 61.
After Nick DeWitz missed, Farmar fired a pass to Afflalo near UCLA's benchand he hit the 3 for a 64-61 lead. Thompson made three free throws in a row andFarmar hit two free throws to seal the win.
Nash missed with just over a minute left, then Jason Fontenet's 3-pointattempt bounced off the side of the rim with 40 seconds left.
The Bruins were 19-of-22 from the free throw line in the second half, whichmade up for their 37 percent field-goal shooting.